- Event Start: 11th March 2020, 8:00pm
- Event Type:
The Uyghur People: Voices Of The Forgotten
Uyghurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority in China, have for years suffered at the hands of repressive Chinese policies, due in large part to concerns of a separatist movement in Xinjiang. In recent years, however, the actions of Beijing have escalated, with one million Muslims currently held in internment camps, according to UN estimates.
While the international community has condemned China's detention of Uyghur Muslims as a violation of human rights, however, Beijing maintains its innocence, silencing dissidents, and framing these internment camps as a national security measure, aimed at preventing extremism and separatism. What is the truth for those in Xinjiang, and what can be done to protect the humanity and dignity of the Uyghurs, and the stateless worldwide?
- Dolkun Isa : President of the World Uyghur Congress, and Vice-President of the UNPO. He is a leading advocate for the Uyghurs internationally.
- Wuerkaixi : Prominant Chinese dissident of Uyghur dissent. He was a leader of the Tiananmen protests in 1989, and remains active today.
- Rahima Mahmut : Uyghur singer and activist. Based in the UK, she has been denied access to her family at home due to her activism.
- Nury Turkel : Lawyer and Uyghur human rights advocate born in a re-education camp in Kashgar at the height of the Cultural Revolution.